HEALTH NEWS: "A Call To Healthcare Professionals, Public To Report Suspected Side Effects" - FDA
The Leadership of Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it is participating in its 5th annual social media campaign on medicine safety called #MedSafetyWeek to raise awareness about the importance of reporting suspected side effects from medicines to the FDA.
The Authority says the campaign will be on the theme 'EVERY REPORT COUNTS'
In a statement signed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FDA, Delese Mimi Darko, it said "Medicines are safe and effective, but side effects also known as adverse drug reactions can happen. It is hard to predict who will experience a side effect but it is essential that any potential risks, including how medicine is used, are understood and communicated"
It further stated that during the #MedSafetyWeek, patients and caregivers as well as healthcare professionals and their organizations are being called upon to report suspected side effects from medicines and are advised not to wait for someone else to report their suspicions.
The FDA added that patient safety is always their top priority adding it has identified a number of new safety issues that were previously unknown through reports received from patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the pharmaceutical industry.
Below is a copy of the full statement:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith